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Coronavirus: Ashville College staff make PPE for Harrogate care homes

Coronavirus: Ashville College staff make PPE for Harrogate care homes

Published by May Norman at 7:30am 19th May 2020.

Ashville ‘Busy Bees’ make scrubs and other PPE for Harrogate care home staff

  • Staff at Ashville College have been making PPE for two Harrogate care homes.
  • They've been helping workers at Heath Lodge and Berwick Grange.
  • The sewing volunteers have also been creating storytime materials for the Woodlands children’s ward at Harrogate District Hospital. 

A group of support staff from Harrogate’s Ashville College have been making scrubs and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for two of the town’s care homes.

The six ‘Busy Bees’ have set up a volunteer group to make the items for Heath Lodge, on Pannal Ash Road, and Berwick Grange, on Wetherby Road.

Additionally, the community-spirited staff members have also been creating storytime materials for the Woodlands children’s ward at Harrogate District Hospital. This follows Ashville College itself donating around 200 pairs of safety glasses from its science department to frontline hospital staff treating patients with coronavirus.

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Volunteers have also made storytime materials for the Woodlands children’s ward.

The volunteers are led by Caroline Beer, Matron at Norfolk and Mallinson House, Annie Wilcockson, Domestic Support at Norfolk House, Sarah Mansfield, Prep School Teaching Assistant and Senior School Common Room Secretaries; Helen Thompson, Elizabeth Pennington and Lynn Conway.

Collectively, the team have been making scrubs, scrub bags, face masks and head bands, to keep health workers’ ears comfortable from hours of mask wearing. They have also produced artwork of fictional characters to support children’s storytelling at Harrogate District Hospital.

Ashville Busy Bee Caroline Beer said:

“With additional time on our hands, we wanted to do something that could assist those working in the care sector, hence forming the Busy Bees.

“We chose to support these care homes as Ashville has long-standing relationships with them, and those working in the nation’s care homes are in need of PPE just as much as the nurses and doctors in our hospitals are.

“We all bring different skills to the mix and our pooled talents are benefitting employees and residents at Heath Lodge and Berwick Grange, and young patients at Harrogate District Hospital.

“We have set up a ‘gofundme’ page to help pay for materials and will keep on being busy bees until the crisis has passed.”

The materials produced so far have been created using donated fabrics and now the team have also set up a gofundme page to raise money for more materials.

The Busy Bees plan to continue production for as long as possible to provide vital PPE items to local care homes in need.

Following the donation this week of items to staff at Berwick Grange, Administration Manager, Phoebe Rahtmell said:

“On behalf of Berwick Grange, I would like to say a huge thank you for the uniform bags and head bands that were very kindly made and donated to Berwick Grange Care Home.

“This was a very thoughtful gesture and I would like to pass on our gratitude to everybody involved as I imagine a vast amount of time went into making them all.”

The Busy Bees’ gofundme page can be found here.

For more information about Ashville, visit www.ashville.co.uk or call 01423 566358.